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Member Since:

Sep 17, 2007



Goal Type:

Olympic Trials Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

2 x Deseret News 10k winner

3 x All-American at BYU (back in the day)

10 x state champion in high school (way back in the day!)

3 x USA team member

Short-Term Running Goals:

I would like to run an Olympic Trials Qualifier in the marathon.

I would also like to run on one more international team before I pack it in!

 Stay healthy!  (My biggest challenge!)

Long-Term Running Goals:

Run my whole life, and then live vicariously through my children. (just kidding) , but I do want to pass on a healthy lifestyle to them.

Help coach East High to a state championship. (hope it doesn't take a lifetime!)


I've been running since I was nine.  I'm married to a fellow runner who inspires and supports me.  We have two children:  Cole (4) and Lily (18 mos.)  I help Bill Cobler coach cross country at East High School.

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 54.80 Year: 1643.70
NB 580 Lifetime Miles: 49.79
Easy MilesThreshold MilesMarathon Pace MilesTrack speed mileageHill mileageTotal
Asics 2150 Miles: 10.00
Easy MilesThreshold MilesMarathon Pace MilesTrack speed mileageHill mileageTotal

AM  So, this morning didn't go very well.  I woke up at 3, and got ready for my race.  I got on the spinning bike to get the blood pumping through my legs so I could warm up my achilles.  Then, it was off to the race.  As I started warming up, my legs felt really good, and my achilles didn't seem to hurt . . . until I turned and jogged down Wakara.  As soon as I hit the downhill, I could feel my achilles with every impact.  This started some doubts running through my mind.  I finished my strides, and went to the starting line.  I got out well in the race, but I could feel the pounding with every step.  My soleus started to twinge from time to time, and I got really nervous.  I decided to drop right after the mile, because I didn't want to hurt my tendon any further.  I jogged easy down to Liberty Park to watch Teren finish. 

I keep vascillating between feeling like I made a smart decision, and feeling like I wimped out.  I have some really big races in September and October, and finishing the race would have been a big risk . . .yes, it could have been a risk that paid off and I might have been just fine.  But, there is that big what if  . . . what if I had finished and really injured myself?  So, I will be running a workout later this afternoon . . . after a good nap! 

PM  I didn't get that nap!  Still, I managed to get a tempo run in this evening.  I wanted six, but I was struggling at 5.  This is one of the first times that I have done a workout after a morning run.  Plus, I did run a 5:15 mile this morning!  I warmed up 2 miles, and then ran 5 miles, increasing my pace every 5 minutes.  I felt pretty good until I started getting under 5:45 pace.  Then it got difficult. 

Mile 1: 6:06

Mile 2: 5:55

Mile 3: 5:49

Mile 4: 5:43

Mile 5: 5:40  Total time : 29:17

The achilles feels fine on the treadmill.  It's easy to adjust my foot plant to avoid aggravating it.  I can tell tempos are missing from my workouts.  5k road races are fun, but they are not the same for extended threshold running.  I cooled down two more miles.

Asics 2150 Miles: 4.00
Easy MilesThreshold MilesMarathon Pace MilesTrack speed mileageHill mileageTotal

I must have worked hard yesterday.  I felt terrible today.  My ten mile run turned into a six mile run.  That's okay, though.  I have a 13 miler tomorrow.  I read an interesting article from Running Times on longer runs.  It said that physiological changes begin after an hour and twenty minutes of running.  In preparation for the marathon, I will run a mid-week longer run, as well as a weekend long run.  13 is not too long, but it is about 90 minutes of running. 

Asics 2150 Miles: 6.00
Easy MilesThreshold MilesMarathon Pace MilesTrack speed mileageHill mileageTotal
Asics 2150 Miles: 10.00
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